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Turkish warplanes bomb areas in Duhok’s Batifa

  2021-03-03  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Smoke billows after Turkish warplanes bomb a mountainous area in Batifa district. (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkish warplanes heavily bombed several areas on the outskirts of Duhok’s Batifa district approximately at noon on Wednesday (March 3), a local told Zhyan News Network.

Hassan Ibrahim, a resident in Batifa, said that the Turkish fighter jets bombed Bank, Kashan and Kalhashabane villages in the district.

“Despite the airstrikes, the Turkish reconnaissance aircraft are flying low in the area’s sky,” Ibrahim said.

Prior to Wednesday’s airstrike, the Turkish warplanes had not bombed the areas in Batifa in the past four days. 

Turkish warplanes regularly conduct airstrikes against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region, damaging civilian houses and causing panic among residents on the borders.

Turkey intermittently launches cross-border air and land operations in the Kurdistan Region’s northern borderlands. The last operation codenamed Operation Claw Eagle-2 was launched between February 10-14.

At least fifteen PKK members and twelve Turkish military and police personnel were killed in the last push.

Both Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have called on Turkey and PKK to take their fight to somewhere else.

At least fifteen people including locals and two Iraqi soldiers were killed in airstrikes in 2020 during Turkey’s notorious Operations Claw Eagle 1 and Claw Tiger 1.

Since July 20, 2015, the conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK has claimed more than 5,285 lives on both sides in Turkey and  Kurdistan Region, including 541 civilians, 1,282 Turkish state security members, 226 individuals of unknown affiliation and 3,237 PKK members, according to the latest data by the Belgium-based International Crisis Group.

PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities since 1978 for Kurdish rights in the country.

(Zhyan English)